inhibition

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Inhibition is on the Academic Word List.

Noun[change]

Singular
inhibition

Plural
inhibitions

  1. (countable) An inhibition is a feeling that makes you want to avoid (stay away from) something.
    He threw off his inhibitions and went dancing.
    Alcohol can take away inhibition.
    When the cat was absent, the mouse showed no such inhibition.
    She stays home all day—she has a lot of inhibitions.
    I feel an inhibition about going onto an airplane.
  2. (uncountable) Inhibition is the act of stopping or reducing a process, especially a natural or chemical process.
    When there is no sugar, there is inhibition of cell growth.

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